Metal Drummer reacts to Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders)
- Опубліковано 2 тра 2022
- Reacting to Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders)
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So...what do you think of Matt? :)
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Been listening to these guys since their first album when it was basically just Tosin and drum machine. (i believe the first AAL album is a solo project). Blew my mind that they found Matt, who's able to play this ridiculousness perfectly.
met the guy. very humble, quiet and down to earth :)
Homie Garska is a Berklee boy 🤙 those dudes do not mess around 😂 so sick!
@James Armenti for weightless they brought in Javier and Navaene
He's a beast.
Every other band inspires you to pick up an instrument. Animals as Leaders inspires you to put it down.
I am a guitarist until I watched tosin&Javier
Started to learn drums
Till I saw animals as leaders
Might try prostitution,,but watching these guys,,don't think I could face another pounding
Hahaha so true
Never heard anyone say anything like this before
that's because apart from technicality there is nothing about this music.. you put down your instrument I'll keep playing music ahahahahahahah
@Wayne Shadforth fucking nice bro🤌🏽
Matt is on a different level man. Like he's playing a different instrument. Such an innovator. I truly believe he is the best drummer in the world, especially after this album
Yeah he’s definitely up there. But damn I’ve been watching a lot of Larnell Lewis and wow! His Zildjian live performance is on another planet.
@Jimmy Martinez you should dig into some Gergo Borlai stuff.
I truly believe he's the best drummer in my lifetime. (A long, boring one)
He might not be Mangini fast. But he's fucking fast. An makes it look like he isn't in a hurry.
He can blast. So that would make Samus smile.
His pocket is as deep as anyone's.
He plays over time as well as the proggy metal types like Gartska or any of fusion jazz greats like Weckl.
His feel is better than almost all of them.
And he he just kinda....flows
Steve Smith used to be THE drummer for me.
But, I think Gergo stole my throne-shaped heart.
The way he plays is much more evocative of lots of jazz fusion. Play along to some Alfa Mist or kamahi Washington. Your metal drumming will become completely unstoppable.
@Myprivateyoutube Gergo Borlai is a freakin BEAST!!!
Matt Gartska and Danny Carey are on par for me but I give the edge to Danny
Not many people catch this but for the fill at 15:30 he plays the high hat and the double pedal at the same time. Dude is inhuman.
That's my favorite drum video ever, I always get goosebumps, every single time
Dude you should check out Benny Grebs Meinl festival solo, his hi hat/bass drum pedal unison playing is amazing.
Matt's dad owned the guitar store that was local to me. I grew up getting lessons there. Some amazing musicians use to teach there. Matt use to be there all the time and was always the nicest guy! I remember when he decided to move to California. Next thing I heard is he is in Animals as leaders and I was like that makes lot of sense! He made a solo CD where every track was a different style of music.
That is awesome!!
What's the CDs name?
@Paul Palavecino it was "heavy Volume" Matthew Wolfgang Garska. He made it when he was like 16 or 17. I'm not sure if there are other copies, but they sold them at the music store as far as I know. So he's a year older than me he's around 33. So close to 17 ish years ago.
@Johnathan Jeusik you rule man , that's the best insight info I never expected to know. Thanks for taking the time to reply
@Paul Palavecino anytime man!!! Glad I can help!!! That way your not searching for days lol
Absolutely love AAL, been a long time fan. Their range and complexity and continuous evolution of the sound is nothing short of impressive, fun fact : Tosin Abasi was recently named guitarist of the decade by Guitar World, these guys don't mess around.
Yeah totally agree. If your a fan of polyrhythms & odd time sigs you NEED to know this band. How I heard about em always makes me laugh when I think back on it lol, I was at a stop light jammin out to Opeth & a random dude walked up, gave me the horns & started head banging hard. I pulled over to let him listen to the rest of the song (Wreath is not a short tune LMAO) and when it was over he said "that's kickass bro. You should check out Animals as Leaders, I think you'll really dig em." and walked away lol.
@John Brennan Great story, funny the events and people who inspire us.
Music awards are 100% meaningless. It is entirely subjective and most likely the award giver has an agenda.
IMO Jason Richardson was pretty clearly the best guitarist of the 2010s - blazing speed, technical perfection, genre bending, incredible feel. Tosin would be runner-up in my ranking, but again, it's subjective.
Sarah Longfield was dubbed by someone at Forbes (why is Forbes talking music, anyway? lol) one of the "top 10 best 7-8 string guitarists in the world". Giving her that distinction is absurd. Even if that Forbes writer was told he must include at least 1 female in his list for them to publish it, I can off the top of my head name over 10 female guitarists significantly better than Sarah. She's not amongst the top 10,000 best 7-8 string guitarists.
So yeah, art awards are meaningless.
@Tom Yabo lol no way Jason is in any capacity better than tosin
Speed =/= skill
Umm, ok? I just said it's subjective...thus creative awards are moot.
But you're wrong.
matt is freaking great. i think he was a jazz guy originally when he graduated from berklee so i think that's where he gets a lot of his finesse from. still been a great addition to the band after navene left
He's said in an interview that one of his biggest influences is Dave Weckl which is probably where the jazz influence comes from. He's also said that he was playing all sorts of gigs when he was in Berklee so I doubt he was "just" a jazz guy. But it's his finesse that really impresses me. You see all these other drummers that play fast, ripping fills but it's Matt's touch and dynamics that sets him apart.
Current 30ish year olds graduated from Berklee are at their golden age. I specifically researched for those musicians and they are all amazing. I'd like to suggest one more drummer; Yogev Gabay, who is a signature monster as well.
They are all versatile, cutting edge on technique and talented AF.
He did a lot of gospel and African style music as well.
Yeah he comes from a jazz fusion backround👍🏻👌🏻
A lot of people can cover Matt's drumming but many are unable to capture his groove, creativity and musicality
This new generation of jazz/fusion drummers are freaking amazing!!!
It was legends like Sean Reinert(R.I.P) & Gene Hoglan who paved the way for these guys and for mixing metaldrumming with jazzbeats and fills.
What I really love about guys like Matt Gartska, Mario Duplantier and yeah, even you Samus, is the fact that they're amazing when it comes to the heavy stuff but they're also so much finesse and groove in their playing.
BTW: I would love to see a video where you use "real" drums. 😅
Same goes for Matt Halpern. Who, if I am correct, was a huge influence on Matt Gartska.
Well said! Ive always admired 66samus for his tasteful playing. Even when he's blast beating, he always brings life to the drums
MG will be one of the most important and influential drummers of this era. He's to drumming what Tosin is to guitar playing. Totally a new level.
I love when a drummer reacts to another drummer like this. RESPECT! Matt is at the top of the pile, constantly pushing the boundaries.
His playing is surreal. And he just keeps getting better and better
Matt is like Vinnie, Benny and Portnoy all in one drummer. He’s not just one of the best of his generation he’s one of the greatest alive and he’s only 33. I was shocked after listening to AAL and finding out how young this dude is. Truly otherworldly
I firmly believe this guy is the best drummer in the world right now. He's just on a different level with his absolute mastery of time, and his fills and beats are disgustingly innovative, I don't know if he makes me want to play more or just outright give up.
Matt Garska and Larnell Lewis. Probably the two best around right now.
i agree technically he's insane, but creatively to me it's just starting to all sound the same. maybe this applies more to AAL's music in general rather than matt's beats specifically. all these songs just seem to have the same concepts in them
@bighouse I feel like Matt did simplify his writing for this new album. Somehow it's all less technical than the old albums while somehow sounding way more grid like. Sounds less like hes performing music and more like he's running through exercises.
This new stuff is still great to listen to, but I prefer the style of playing he's doing with Gem or the stuff he was doing with Josh De
@Apothecurio No dude. The one and only above the rest - Thomas Lang.
@Tommy Bone he’s definitely on par with them. I still think larnell lewis is over better
I dig Matt but can only take him in small doses because my brain always goes to trying to find the signatures. Brain melt! Great video!
trying to figure out when his gonna hit the snare makes me phisically ill
he thinks in small subdivisions to make it easy
These songs are soooo so much better once you get to know them. Some people would say it’s not a good sign when you HAVE to listen to a song a bunch of times to enjoy it, but it’s because it forces you to learn.
I don't even focus on it, tbh. I just let it blend in.
Yeah! Matt is an unbelievable drummer, out of this world! ... But can we appreciate how hilarious this reaction was? 😂
I’ll definitely be listening to more Animals As Leaders. Damn he’s good!!
The melding of these 3 individuals into what we know as Animals as Leaders is def what the music industry needed. I can't thank these gentlemen enough for inspiring such a vast amount of people to continue to pour their heart and soul into their craft. Love Tosin, Javier and Matt.
I have mad respect for Matt. Animals as Leaders is so technical, I love it. Great reaction, Samus!
Matt Garstka is the most chill drummer for how crazy his playing is.
Matt is super technical and his style of drumming is so unique! Great vid Sam, awesome reaction the cotton balls lol
He is, without a doubt, one of the best drummers of all time.
Dude your reactions are so on point, enthusiastic, and entertaining! I love the commentary and learning more nuance from Matt's drumming from your reaction too! 🤣
thank you so much Eric!
I love both of the Matts, Halpern and Garstka, modern day musical pioneers.
Saw Matt and AAL perform live in Atlanta. They sound just like the album! Matt's ability to shred in complex time signatures is incredible! He graduated from Berklee!
He's so damn calm when he's playing it's insane.
Matt tended to add a lot more while playing the older songs, I think with the two most recent albums he's pulled it back a lot more since he's a lot more involved in the writing now.
I said "a lot more" a lot more times than I should have.
Matt is soooo chill too. I was lucky enough to meet him a few times at clinics and he was so nice, so patient with students and you could tell he really enjoyed being there.
These are the best kind of reactions, man, where someone as talented as you are is completely dumbfounded by what they’re seeing. 🤘
You should definitely watch more of the live stuff. There are sections in a lot of the songs where they just let Matt go off. You can tell one of those parts is coming when Tosin steps back towards Matt and faces him to watch what the hell he's gonna do next. Lol You can watch the same song from 10 different performances and you'll get 10 different solos cause he's always experimenting.
Got to see them near Detroit and they blew every concert ive ever been too out of the water. With each decade the gods overthrow those before them, and i think these guys will be on the throne for lifetimes
Not without a vocalist they won't.
Matt has evolved so much in his time with AaL and some other projects here and there. He is certainly at a pinnacle in his career and I honestly miss the straight forward jamming from the Joy of Motion era. Progressive music is hard to succeed in, and they do it well.
To say he's amazing is an understatement. I saw them only one time at summer slaughter tour. The whole band blew me away. Masters of their craft. 💪💯🤘🤯🔥
Fav drummer ever. His power, rhythm, tone, speed, ghost notes + drum, cymbal and genre choices all equate to peak drumming for me.
Well, that was a hell of an introduction to a band/drummer!
AAL dude… absolutely insane group, loved your reaction
A perfect combination of sheer technical mastery and musicianship.
I have full confidence that you can replicate Matt's playing
This was amazing!!! You should react to Travis Orbin. Crazy technical drummer … and has a unique stick grip style for how fast he plays
Matt is like the God of Time and flow when it comes to music, he can control everything and makes it look so simple. Such a killer drummer!!!
Matt can make every drummer feel like they suck. This dude is beyond good. It's next level drumming.
I love how you're just speechless half the time because that's the most appropriate way to react to Matt Garstka's drumming 😂
I think you should have snuck The Brain Dance in there too because that shit was the first time I had my face melted by a (predominantly) jazz song. Holy shit.
This guy must be practicing drums in the hyperbolic time chamber from DBZ cuz I don't think anyone could become this technically proficient in one lifetime.
Wish there was YT and guys like you 25 years earlier to learn with all these great stuff. Thumbs up 🔥
I'm sure we would all LOVE to hear what your actual kit really sounds like!
Damn, i was waiting for this review! Matt is my favourite drummer (alive, rip Neil Peart) and i lóve it!! You made my day! Thanks 66samus, you are amazing!!
He's up there with Alex Bent as one of the best metal drummers of the modern day. Fuggin' beast.
Bent is insane. Transformed Trivium and is such a unique player.
I’m yet to see a drummer as amazing as him, I’ve seen him and them live and it’s just out of world .
Matt is just insane. I remember when Animals as Leaders first came out when their drums were programmed on the album (before Matt was in the group) and I would always think "who's gonna be able to play that live" Matt said "Hold my beer".
He's grown a ton as a player in dynamics and control since 2015. Not to mention has hit the gym pretty hard. Haha.
First of all incredible SICK drumming. Second, I say this jokingly but I love the mouth expressions. He can taste what he's playing. Lol.
If you want something really brain melting there is a video of him playing ‘weightless’ live where he improvises some really cool stuff. First video I saw of him. I’ve been sold on AAL ever since.
Matt is by far one of the greatest percussionists of our time. Hands down.
I worked at his dad’s music store before Matt was in high school. He was an absolute beast then. We all knew he was going places. Oh and Berkeley didn’t hurt him either .
as awesome a drummer as matt is, he will always be the king of "musician's face"
I've been internally debating whether I've been playing wrong my whole drumming career by "burying the beater" instead of resting it just off of the batter head. but god damn it, if Garstka does it, I'm convinced it ain't wrong!
What I've heard is it depends on the style and the type of kick drum. For jazzier stuff or with an open kick, don't bury, but for heavier stuff or with a dryer kick, bury.
That's what I've heard, at least. Hope this helps!
@Ian Gillies i agree. It wasn't even on my radar until i bought a small kit with a 14" kick drum w/ sealed reso head. my technique of burying on that drum resulted in the beater literally bouncing like a trampoline, hitting the head 2 or 3 more times through rebound alone.
I think it's a lot of playstyle, but I think If you can do it as little as possible it will help your stamina, as all of that shock goes to the drum and not back into your legs.
You definitely should react to matt halpern. He is so good. Both him and garstka are huge influences on me. Listening to halpern and periphery helping me get better at playing ghost notes
There is a video of Gartska and Halpern playing jazz kits and having a drum battle. It's brilliant.
Man in the second clip the drums literally fuse with the tonal music, like a leading instrument in an entire orchestra.
Man, you should've reacted to Ectogenesis! My mind was totally blown away by that kick pattern :O Matt is a wizard
Kick-ass reaction! Matt's skills are otherworldly to be sure. Thanks for taking the time.
One of my favorite drummers of the last 10 years. AAL is amazing. They continue to innovate.
My brain melted in all sorts of ways trying to keep up with this. 🤘🤘
Saw Animals As Leaders live in ATL couple months ago! They rule! Great live band and man Matt just dominates on the drums🔥🤘🏼
Having watched a few of these Posts I am now thinking what an absolute art drumming is
Matt is my favorite drummer. Dude is a beast. I love watching other drummers reactions to his playing.
Matt is a total beast! He was just blowing me away the entire time.
So glad this vid was uploaded! Matt is one of my absolute favorite drummers. The time he plays in hurt my brain so good. Samus if you haven’t already I’d check out Alex Rudinger too he’s a nutty drummer as well!
Matt and Chris Turner are two of my favorite drummers right now. They have different styles and backgrounds, but man they can play stuff so cleanly that most drummers can't play at all.
I can't believe you still haven't covered George Kollias. Unarguably top 10 living drummers.
Dude you’ve gotta do buster odeholm at some point, he is a beast on the kit and an amazing guitarist and producer.
Omg that is some of the funkiest rhythms I've heard in ages. He absolutely melted my face off.
Matt is a different breed of drummer in my opinion... his talent is insane.
Can't wait for that Animals as Leaders cover, Samus 😎
Tosin is the reason I started listening so long ago (and because Anthony Green was talking about them when he was either with circa or maybe it was sounds of animals fighting). Now I listen for Matt mostly cause it's just so freaking groooovvvyyyy
Mangini and Garstka always inspire me, masters of the metric modulation.
Holy shit. Very big Danny carry vibes as far as time and poly rhythms go. Wowwww. I was just mesmerized.
Exactly what I thought
Matt is really badass. As all musicians in "Animals...".
I remember the first album from AasL's i heard was Weightless.. Matt is such an Explosive drummer, their is so much more going on watching Matt play then what if u just listen to an album..💀🤘
It's always good to see drummers react to other drummers too.
In the live video you feel like the laptop will fall off, always exciting to watch Matt playing.
This drummer is AMAZING!!!!!
Been à fan of Animal as Leader since their first album came out !!
They are amazing musicien, for me they are in the continuity of Planet X Macalpine and Virgin Donati.
You should react to Chris Turner the drummer for Oceans ate Alaska. He’s insane!
Pretty sure he already did
The guy is amazing!!! Has anyone else noticed his body now matches his beast mode drumming, !!! Very inspiring to watch and listen
Love your humble approach man, so much respect - love it! 🤘🏻
When the hell did he get so jacked!?! Apparently been awhile since I’ve watched Matt! He is the BEST technical drummer out there.
Like all great musicians, he makes it look so.. so.. easy!!!!
Matt garstka is so f-king bad ass! Love the reaction!
Matt is just incredible, up there with the best and he has so many years ahead. Just saw Tool 2 weeks ago, imagine if they tour together🤘🏻.
Imagine Matt and Danny playing together 🤯🤯🤯
Love me some Matt Gartska. Just as a suggestion, please do a reaction to various Aric Improta videos. Equally impressive in his own regard. Man’s insanely in pocket and full of chops at the same time.
Anytime I tried to go that hard I break my stick or drum lol. Congrats to this monster of a drummer. Been doing it for 17 years and I'm not even close
This is pretty cool to randomly see this video in my feed. Matt is from my hometown of Westfield, MA where his dad used to own a music store. I used to see him in there years ago when I used to take guitar lessons. Nice to know he’s followed his dreams!
You definitely need to react to Gavin Harrison! His drumming is just so innovative and tastefull it makes anyone say ohhhh yurrrrr👌
In the live performance, the camera shakes with every bass kick. I just felt that.
Matt is so creative with his timing and grooves. I still would like to see Sam react to Alan Cassidy PLEEEEAAASSSEEE
Look at some of Matt's other videos and you'll see the wear pattern on his snare head is about the size of a silver dollar. Power and precision!
Have to agree love the groove on the stacks awesome He’s definitely a unique drummer On a side note think it would be awesome seeing how your from Canada and love metal doing a tribute to Anvil one of the original metal bands that helped shaped the sound of modern metal and a great Canadian export
Yes!!! Matt is such a killer drummer with feeling !!! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🔥
Music needs more of this. Instrumental metal.